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What were the names of Anahita's horses in the original Avestan language?

(Just for what little it worths, "most sources on the internet" seem to be carbon copies of each other, be it Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Iranica which seem to refer back to articles in JSTOR. ...
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Miniature with man falling into a chasm and a camel—what is the myth being depicted here?

The miniature is indeed from the 17th century Falnama of Ahmed I, and according to Falnama: The Book of Omens, edited by Massumeh Farhad with Serpil Bagcı, it is titled "The Pit of Misfortune&...
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Persian Zeus in Xenophon's Cyropaedia

Found the answer in the book Xenophon's Cyropaedia: Style, Genre, and Literary Technique, by Professor Deborah Levine Gera: The gods Cyrus sacrifices to are all Greek ones, although Xenophon may ...
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Why does Ohrmazd need to plan a time to fight Ahriman?

Judging from the context Ohrmazd knows his creatures can be corrupted and that in this way he tricks the evil spirit into accepting a proposed time for their final fight (making sure they are not ...
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English transliteration of the Persian word for werewolf?

This may seem odd, but I'm answering my own question. The transliteration answer for (گرگینه) is gorgine. I found the answer here: https://www.wordsense.eu/werewolf/ and the audio pronunciation here:...
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Please help identify creature/character on necklace!

Since this is a modern piece of jewelry, it's going to be hard to give any answer other than "the whim of the artist". However, the interwoven animal motifs make me think this is inspired by Viking ...
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Are there any non-European versions of "Elves" in Indian/Persian/Arabic/Chinese/Meso-American folklore/fairy tales?

As @Codosaur pointed out in his answer, your description has more to do with post-Tolkien fantasy elves, rather than the supernatural beings featured in Germanic mythology and folklore (see the ...
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Are there any non-European versions of "Elves" in Indian/Persian/Arabic/Chinese/Meso-American folklore/fairy tales?

Many such. Most, like the genuine folkloric elf, have a lot more variation. They may have monstrously ugly members, but they are often very close to the elf, and folktale may switch out the type as ...
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Are there any non-European versions of "Elves" in Indian/Persian/Arabic/Chinese/Meso-American folklore/fairy tales?

Not all depictions of elves in European mythology correspond to your criteria. Would it be correct to assume these criteria are solely based on the works of Tolkien? Elves has been depicted as nasty ...
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